When a family faces a divorce or child custody situation, many difficult situations present themselves. Child custody questions can be the toughest to answer. While it is unlikely that you will get through a child custody situation without spending money, it is possible to find valuable free advice on the child custody situation you face.
Online discussion boards can be a great free source of information. Sites like www.thelaw.com and the Child Custody and Visitation section of www.freeadvice.com can be good places to turn to if you can't find the information you need elsewhere. Use these sites with caution, however. Verify all information you receive before acting on it. As a starting point, though, these forums are a helpful place to go to ask questions and receive feedback about your individual situation.
Some local courthouses provide child custody forms and information for parents. Call your local courthouse and ask if there are child custody information and forms available for download or pickup. If you're unsure how to fill out the forms given to you by the courthouse, however, you will need to seek the advice of a licensed attorney.
Free Legal Services
It is unlikely that you will complete a divorce without an attorney. In some cases, however, you may qualify for free legal advice. Most states offer free legal assistance to qualifying low-income families. Some states only provide free legal aid for a divorce or custody case in the event of abuse. You can find out more about whether this is available in your state by contacting your local courthouse.
Friends and Family
If you know someone who has been through a child custody situation, seek her advice on free resources that may help you. She may be able to direct you to organisations or sources of valuable information that you don't know about. Be careful about listening to the advice she gives you about your particular situation. Every child custody situation is different. However, the people who care about you will often know about resources that can help you.
Facing a child custody battle is hard, but you don't have to go into it without being fully informed about your options. Visit and participate in online forums. Check with your local courthouse for the forms you need, and ask about the availability of free legal advice. Finally, ask friends and family if they know of other free resources that can help you through this difficult time in your life.